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IWD: Industry experts call for mentoring, empowerment of women



IWD: Industry experts call for mentoring, empowerment of women


The experts expressed their views in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Lagos as the world celebrates International Women’s Day.

They said that it was imperative for governments to review laws, bias and issues that limited the ability of women to thrive in the society.

NNN reports that the International Women’s Day is an annual celebration held on March 8 in most countries of the world.

It is a day when women are recognised for their achievements without regard to divisions – whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.

The campaign theme of 2019 celebration is Balance for Better.

Mrs Agnes Shobajo, the Chairperson, Women’s Group, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), said that it was vital to increase  participation of women in leadership positions, especially in politics.

“The number of women in the National Assembly is not as much as it should be. Having just seven female Senators in the ninth Assembly is not satisfactory.

“We need more women to hold political positions so that they can articulate our issues and ensure our voices are heard in policy formulations.

“We have a lot of women in leadership positions across the various sector, and they are doing quite well in creating space for more women to climb the ladder of success,” she said.

Shobajo said that the budgetary allocation to the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development should be increased to allow the ministry carry out more programmes that would impact lives of more women.

Mrs Margaret Olele, the Chief Executive, American Business Council (ABC), said that more female leaders should be willing to mentor other women in their various fields.

She said that leveraging the experience of those already established in  respective fields of endeavour would ensure that more women were empowered to succeed, thus building a sustainable society.

Mrs Rosemary Onyebigwa, the Founder, Thrive Women Support, said that the country required a socio-cultural shift in evolving legislation and programmes that would ensure that women thrived.

She said that gender equality was difficult not only in Nigeria, but globally, and urged female leaders to lead the discussions that discriminate against women, especially at the work places.

Onyebigwa urged government at all levels to also create more opportunities and initiatives that would empower women to boost employment and financial dependence.


Oluwafunke Temitope Ishola: is a graduate and a professionally trained journalist, with experience in national news reporting/editing and verification at the News Agency of Nigeria. NNN is a Nigerian online news portal that publishes breaking news in Nigeria, and across the world. Our journalists are honest, fair, accurate, thorough and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting news in the best interest of the public, because truth is the cornerstone of journalism and they strive diligently to ascertain the truth in every news report. Contact: editor[at]

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